Google appears to have just leaked a major feature coming to Android P, the next version of its OS. According to an image that appeared briefly on the Android Developers blog for an unrelated feature, Android P will come with support for gestured based navigation – and it’s about time.
This is the image Google posted:
Notice anything odd? Look at the navigation bar:
Here’s what it normally looks like on a Pixel 2 running Android O (or the current Android P beta, for that matter):
Where did the recents button go? Why is the back button using the old hollow design? And who squished the home button into a pill?
While I’d like to think Google’s Android Team got drunk and experimented with wacky designs, all signs point that gesture navigation is – at the very least – being considered for Android P.
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